June 1st, 2020
The Campus Stars campaign has been launched to showcase the colleagues still working on campus during the lockdown and highlight the crucial work they do.
Ian is a Hall Porter at Southwell Hall and Melton Halls on Jubilee Campus and has been working at the University for three years.
During lockdown, Ian is working evening shifts at Cripps Hall. Cripps Hall is housing NHS staff and so Ian’s responsibilities now involve hall security, general hall maintenance and water flushing along with allocating new residents alongside collecting and delivering food.
Ian’s usual responsibilities at Jubilee Campus involve a large amount of interaction with residents and this is something that Ian is missing during the pandemic. Ian currently has a daily chat with his line manager and colleagues and appreciates the regular updates from the University.
Ian has been keeping himself busy by trying new food and recipes. He recently made kefir pancakes for the first time. Ian has also built storage for his art work and has been watching reruns of sporting events.
Ian is enjoying the television series Bosch and has been reading Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child. His favourite lockdown song is Times Like These by BBC Radio One Lounge crew based on the Foo Fighters song.
Ian’s favourite lockdown meal is the fish and chips cooked by the Chef at Cripps Hall.
Ian’s favourite thing about working at the University is the positive and happy environment during normal times. Currently, Ian is glad to be doing his part to support the NHS, even if this is only in a small way.
Ian’s message to the University community is don’t be tough on yourself, these are extraordinary times.
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